In a city of over 8 million you would think it would be difficult to run into people from the past, but without fail I always see people I haven't seen in ages in the most random of places- restaurants, bodegas, bars, across the street. How is the world so small and so large at the same time? Have you ever been weirded out by seeing someone in a place you considers “yours” when you've never seen said-person in the place before? The other day I walked into my local Rite Aid and BAM – my best friend’s ex-boyfriend.
I have no idea why this made me uncomfortable, but it did. It’s been three years since I’ve seen this person, have no reason to feel awkward -as I had nothing to do with their relationship, and said-friend is now happily engaged to someone else. Yet, still, I felt immediately uncomfortable and my stomach drop. To shop in that particular Rite Aid of ALL Rite Aids (seriously, there are about three in a three block radius) is completely random. What are the odds? I mean he might live right down the block for all I know. Truly, I would never know. It's possible to live in the same neighborhood as someone and just NEVER see them out and about until years later at your local Rite Aid. New York can be weird like that.
I’ve never been so engrossed in the toilet paper display off to the side of the check-out aisle than I have in that moment.
CHARMIN, ON SALE? Say what? Let’s fondle this package for a little while.
p.s. it ended up costing me 4 dollars and change for a 12-pack. Not complaining.
Or, have you ever run into a person and done the “pretend I’m really engrossed in my phone/I don’t see anything around me/what is that tree up to across the street” move? I’m especially guilty of this early in the morning on the subway. I don’t drink coffee until I get to work, and am a highly unpleasant/slow-thinking individual before 9 AM. I like to scrunch off in a corner of the train to read my book or doze off to some tunes on my iPod. There is nothing worse than small talk in the morning.
Am I right or am I incredibly anti-social? Eh....